This Demdike Stare offshoot craft ambient soundscapes and pass on the collages that can be found in natural sound. Treating improvisation like a reflection of the world they're living in, NeoTantrik flesh out tape recordings into gorgeous, dark compositions, and 'Omnichrom', their new psychedelic-leaning work, comes only a month after 'Blue Amiga'.
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- Omnichrom by NeoTantrik
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 15 October 2014
On 2nd LP Omnichrom NeoTantrik continue their journey down the electronic rabbit hole into Tangerine Dreams and wavering drones, and so soon after previous release Blue Amiga. Despite the OTT capitalisation, their name is pretty well reflective of the meditative sensual soundscapes conjured by the collaboration, at least containing core members Demdike Stare and Andy Votel (discogs quotes more). Over a bed of low pulsating notes there are carefully overlaid filtered synths, rising to little climaxes and encountering a few mad hatter curveball noises that create a nice sense of anticipation.
Certainly the combinations of layers are cohesive, and when combined with a continuous-play structure this release holds true as a complete LP rather than a smattering of jams knitted together. A lot of the sounds seem intentionally held on the edge of being overdriven, hinting at a noisier world but ultimately remaining restrained. One comparison I'd make is to the Fennesz/Daniell/Buck live collab Knoxville, which contains the same conglomeration of instruments albeit without a guitar in (ear) sight.
What begins as a gentle side A gets a previously unheard sense of rhythm on side B, generating that trance-inducing sound that fits perfectly with their 'psychedelic' aesthetic, until during the last few minutes descending into the bad trip - gnarly tones interweave with distant formless voices concluding Omnichrom with an intensity that a high quality continuous ambient album quietly screams for. Here's to them releasing another one before the end of the month!
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